Topic Sentence: Even though actual examples of companionship and loyalty are shared throughout the book, the lack of friendship and devotion conveys Steinbeck's message as well. When you don't have a friend you will isolate yourself from other people, you will also isolate the part of your heart that wants friends. One of the ways Steinbeck establishes the theme of loneliness is through setting itself. A ranch where George and Lennie the two main characters manage to find work. Each character influences, plays a role to the other characters.
Because of their established friendships, George, Lenny, Candy and his dog are able to live happy lives filled with joyous and exciting times. Every time the two men get a job Lennie makes a mistake and they are forced to leave. It was a time when racism was a big issue. He too is very lonely and is always found on his own. They don't belong no place. Candy offered his services to become a part of George and Lennie's friendship and dream. They are able to share the dream between one another which makes it a serious possibility.
Candy, the only other character aside from Lennie and George who has an unconditional love for a fellow creature in Candy's case, his old and feeble dog , is left utterly bereft when Carlson takes his dog out back and shoots it. In the end Steinbeck makes clear that isolation can be a big part of peoples lives. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. The setting of Steinbeck's novel is very important because the date when the novel took place was in 1929, around the time New York Wall Street stock market collapsed, resulting in the dollar becoming worthless. In the novel, Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck, the two main themes are friendship and lonliness.
George is a smart man with incredible potential, but life has not been kind to him. When George and Lennie reach the ranch, the boss is angry as they are very late. This dream, of course, does not come to fruition, and indeed Steinbeck seems to have designed his bleak world to preclude the possibility of escape from the cycles of loneliness and hollow companionship whether found in drink, in prostitutes, in gambling that come with financial hardship and dislocation. The feeling of loneliness forces people to realize their need for friendship. Usually ranchers have no family, no friends, and, therefore, no future. The characters in Of Mice and Men have helped to show that unrealistic dreams more often than not will cause tradgedies.
For teenagers like us, we like to interact with friends, with people at our age. In this story, the characters are lonely because although they are all together they all feel very much on their own. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're pounding. The relationships between Candy and his dog, George and Slim, and Lennie and animals reveal to the reader that friendship and loyalty coincide. Finding a job and remaining optimistic was hard back then. He thinks he is very important and thinks he is like royalty and expects to be treated as such. The two flee from Weed to seek a job in Soledad at a ranch, after Lennie gets himself in trouble.
Through many difficulties and hardships they manage to deal with the arguments and lack of companionship at their workplace. As they work from ranch to ranch, Lennie relies on George for guidance and help. Steinbeck made a work of art by composing a great novel to make the reader understand that life can be difficult and at times dreams are hard to achieve. The novella shows the relationship between the protagonists, George and Lennie, and showing how they try to achieve the American Dream by working together. I find the language and story depressing. Popularity is more important to some people for four years high school , than a real comradeship that lasts a lifetime. This is what Steinbeck uses to undermine the idea of the American Dream for it is not even realistic despite co-operation.
I enjoyed this book and it has made me more aware of how lonely some people are and their sad situation in life. When Lennie asks George to tell him why they're not like other ranchers, George explains that they're different because they have each other. Between the two key themes of friendship and loneliness Steinbeck makes the novel Of Mice and Men a real success. Friendship is being there for someone when they need it and always having their back. In occasional moments, he escapes his sympathy and compassion for Lennie, and realises the burden that he causes.
However, George can be a controller. George would look out for Lennie similarly to how a parent would stories, discipline, rules. This is also able to highlight the true friendship which is separated at the end which also brings an end to the novella. The two had been traveling together for quite some time now, which was very rare, because most farm workers rarely have companions,. With Lennie's simple mind, he could not comprehend what George was talking about most of the time. Usually a temporary friendship is established, like the one that almost everyone has at school. How does Steinbeck present the characters of George and Lennie? We take… 921 Words 4 Pages behavior that could be lethal to others? That is why I think that a great relationship is close to being the most important thing in life and I think that it is the message that John Steinbeck tried to deliver to his readers.